We’ve spent week after week talking about numerous prospects and their fit with the Detroit Lions. We’ve seen players shoot up draft boards and others plummet due to controversies or, occasionally, for no discernable reason.
Of course, it wouldn’t be NFL Draft season if there wasn’t some disagreement. No one is a perfect draft scout and we all have just about as many draft misses as we do hits. Our sleepers never wake up. The “sure busts” manage to beat the odds. And the can’t-miss prospects often do just that.
So let’s embrace the dissent and call each other out. Today’s Question of the Day is:
Which 2017 draft prospect do you believe is currently being overhyped?
My answer: Wide receiver John Ross. Ross is talented, but I think we all got a little too excited about his record-breaking 40-yard dash score. Ross’ speed is incredible and it will undoubtedly translate into some NFL success. However, I’m not so sure this is a guy worth risking a high-to-mid first-round pick on. First, there are obvious injury concerns. With a torn MCL and ACL already on his record and a recent ankle injury, Ross’ durability definitely should be a concern, especially when his skillset relies so heavily on the health of his legs.
But Ross is also a receiver who can only win with his speed and agility. Get your hands on the 188 pound receiver, and you can disrupt his game. With the increasing emphasis on big, physical corners in the NFL, Ross could be in for a wake-up call in his first year in the league.
All that being said, Ross is bound to bring some excitement to whatever team he lands on. I would just be a little weary of investing a top 15 pick on someone like him.